Rail services

Port of Felixstowe is Britain’s biggest and busiest rail freight port

The Port of Felixstowe is Britain’s largest container rail terminal with record-breaking throughput, and the broadest and most frequent range of services of any port in Britain.


Our three Intermodal Rail Terminals: one at Berths 8&9 (South Terminal) along with two adjacent to Trinty (Central and North Terminals), currently provide:

  • Connections to 15 inland destinations throughout Britain
  • 66 daily arrivals and departures
  • Choice of operators:
    • DB Cargo (UK) Ltd
    • Freightliner Ltd
    • GB RailFreight


2015 was a record-breaking year for rail throughput at Felixstowe. We broke our own records for the number of containers handled in 24 hours, one week, one month, and one year. We handled 910,000 TEU of throughput by rail, routinely handing approximately 17,000 TEU every week. Rail volumes account for around 27% of the port’s total UK domestic throughput, rising to 50% of traffic to the North and West Midlands.

The North Rail Terminal, built in 2013, has improved efficiency, and doubled the port’s rail operation capacity, and during 2015 we added two Rail Mounted Gantry cranes to the terminal. Volumes by rail are continuing to grow and are now over 20% higher than before the North Rail Terminal opened in 2013. This has taken a further 500,000 lorry movements off the roads each year, reducing carbon emissions by 100,000 tonnes. In 2014, the opening of the Ipswich Chord improved the Port of Felixstowe’s performance and efficiency by reducing inward and outward rail freight journey times by one hour in each direction. 2016 has seen the addition of two new complete train services, the 32nd and the 33rd and a further 14 wagons added to existing services utilising the North Rail facility.

With 66 trains in and out, per day, across three dedicated rail terminals, to 15 national destinations, we move more containers by rail than any other port in Britain. Our 9 Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes and over 11km of working track (across 20 tracks), mean we can ensure consignments reach their destinations quickly and cost effectively.

In 2015 we were awarded the Rail Freight Group (RFG) Customer Care Award for our continued and sustained improvement in customer service. We were also awarded the RFG Technical Development of the Year Award for the North Rail Terminal.

The Port of Felixstowe is committed to delivering unrivalled rail service for our customers.